Iran 'attacks Kurdish positions in Iraq'

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have attacked targets in neighbouring northern Iraq for the second day in a row, the country's Tasnim news agency reports.

Air strikes targeted bases of Kurdish separatist groups in northern Iraq, according to the report.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly bombed positions in northern Iraq in recent weeks.

The Revolutionary Guards are the elite unit of the armed forces in Iran.

They report directly to the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all strategic matters.

According to the regional government of the largely autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, two areas around the capital Erbil and the province of the same name were attacked.

Iran accuses Kurdish groups in northern Iraq of supporting country-wide protests against the government and the Islamic ruling system in Iran.

Since a young Kurdish Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, died in police custody in mid-September, thousands of people have repeatedly taken to the streets all across Iran.

The security apparatus has been cracking down on demonstrators, especially in Iran's Kurdish regions.